Whale Chine Beach

Whale Chine Beach - Isle of Wight
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Whale Chine is one of a number of ravines cut into the sandstone cliffs along the Isle of Wight’s southwest coast. The steep sides of the chine, which have been cut over the millennia by a small stream, reach 140 feet above the beach. These soft cliffs are home to some excellent fossils including dinosaur bones.

Access to the beach is somewhat of a challenge (if at all possible). Years back there was a series of 126 wooden steps down, but these were washed away by subsequent storms. The current arrangement involves some steps carved into the cliff and a rope.

Whale Chine is a popular spot with anglers. The clear sandy ground with intermittent rock features are home to a variety of species including mackerel and bass in the summer and pout in the winter.

As for whales, you probably won’t see any; the beach’s name is thought to come from the Wavell family who owned Atherfield Farm in the 16th century.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Isle of Wight dog friendly beaches »

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SZ 4685 7824

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